Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Welcome to the 21st Century

Kveðja frá Suður-Kaliforníu. Við erum að íslenskur víkingur og hans Samar konu sinni vinda inn í 21. öld. Við lifum í úthverfum hverfi með tvö börn okkar. Það er hér við erum að reyna að halda jafnvægi heildræn og sjálfbær viðurværis búa við kröfum 21. aldarinnar.
Við garðinn, ala húsdýr, arfleifð handverk, og taka þátt í lifandi sögu viðburðir byggt á 10. aldar víkingaöld. Bless Bless

Greetings from Southern California. We are an Icelandic viking and his Saami wife time warped into the 21st century. We are living in a suburban neighborhood with our two children. It is here we are trying to balance a holistic and sustainable subsistence living with the demands of the 21st century.
We garden, raise farm animals, heritage craft, and participate in living history events based on the 10th Century Viking age. Check out House Drekka-lundr for more Viking History.
Unlike the traditional images we see in the movies of the barbaric and blood thirsty Vikings, in reality the Vikings saw themselves as farmers and merchants. It was the poor unfortunate souls in Lindesfarne Monastery that actually wrote down the first negative description of the Vikings. Who could blame them since they were raided yearly by a Viking clan? Much like the Amish, the Shakers, and the Quakers (well maybe not the Quakers) the Vikings did and do live a practical, simple, holistic, and sustainable subsistence living. They were very spiritual (Strong codes of ethics and laws are recorded in the Eddas and Sagas) and many did quietly follow Christianity long before the rest of Europe. However, the Vikings were also a warrior culture that saw the world through pragmatic eyes. This pragmatism is often in conflict with the realities of the 21st Century.
How to balance it all??
Bless Bless

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